March 3, 2013 |
It took several cups of coffee and a couple of hours one recent morning to realize there was still so much more to know about Jerry Buss. The coffee was shared with Bob Steiner, Buss' longtime public relations advisor and general confidant. We reminisced and rambled. There were the general pearls: "He could never accept rebuilding," Steiner said. "That was him. " There were curtains drawn back on his way of doing business: "Some of his business friends thought he was a terrible negotiator," Steiner said.
March 2, 2013 |
At Jerry Buss' memorial service Feb. 21, more than a dozen speakers honored the longtime Lakers owner, who died Feb. 18 at age 80 after a battle with cancer. Below are some of the highlights from the service, which included speeches by some current and former Lakers legends. MAGIC JOHNSON Johnson played for the Lakers from 1979 to 1991 and returned in the 1995-96 season. He and Buss hung out often, but Johnson didn't realize just how close they had become until he contracted HIV. "When I announced HIV, I knew he was really a father figure in my life," Johnson said.
February 21, 2013 |
The stage was filled with flowers and gold. The audience was filled with short skirts and diamonds. Davis Gaines elegantly sang "Music of the Night," while, on the screen behind him, there appeared a photo of Jerry and Jimmy Buss crooning karaoke. Several members of the USC marching band played "Amazing Grace," but they did so while wearing their sunglasses. The first song was from "Toy Story," the last song was from Sinatra, and in between, the stage flashed photos of Jerry Buss hanging out with his grandchildren, his buddy Hugh Hefner, and his poker chips.
February 19, 2013 |
The Lakers, a city treasure that sports one of the NBA's highest payrolls and generations of loyal fans, are said to be worth an estimated $1 billion. But will they remain the property of the Buss family after team owner Jerry Buss' death Monday? AEG Chairman Philip Anschutz, who owns Staples Center, the Kings and 27% of the Lakers, has the right of first refusal if the Buss family wants to sell the franchise, according to spokesmen from both AEG and the Lakers. Buss purchased the team in 1979.
November 29, 2012 |
Experienced negotiators and federal mediators couldn't resolve the labor dispute that threatens to consume the 2012-13 NHL season, so Thursday the league proposed putting the stalemate directly in the hands of players and owners. Sessions conducted by officials of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service produced no agreement between the league and the NHL Players' Assn., leaving in place the lockout the NHL imposed on Sept. 15. After Thursday's talks, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman proposed arranging a meeting that would exclude executives on both sides and allow owners and players to have an unfiltered exchange of ideas.
September 22, 2012 |
NFL replacement officials are making a lot of mistakes in games, have you heard? Of course you have. Because the NFL blew the handling of this labor fight, and suddenly the officiating of games - which should be an afterthought - has been shoved to center stage. Sometimes, the games go smoothly, as Giants-Panthers did Thursday night. But other times, they're a fiasco, lurching along with stoppages and zebra huddles every few plays. The first quarter of Monday night's Broncos-Falcons game lasted almost one hour, and felt like two. There have been awkward truths too, like finding out the line judge assigned to the Saints-Panthers game was actually a Saints fan, and had the Facebook pictures to prove it (he was relieved of his duties before the game)